Our brother JUAN DATA drops a new comp, check this out! The collective just released their debut album on July 19th called The Audio Refuge Compilation featuring 17 fresh songs ranging from traditional African and Arab folk, reggae and dubstep, hip-hop and new cumbia. The digital album also features a special bonus track featuring The Gift of Gab. Encompassing a wide variety of sounds including traditional African and Arab folk, reggae and dub-step, hip-hop and new cumbia, the SF-based Stronghold Sound presents its first in a line of releases, The Audio Refuge Compilation. Each track is both experiment and firm step in a direction that this group of global artists is putting forth to lovers of tradition and the dance floor.
Among the tracks on the release are a handful featuring the talented Alpha Oumar ‘Bongo’ Sidibe [Guinea] and his blend of Manding Roots and Afrobeat rhythms played by the solid Wontanara Revolution group. Gnawa Kronik [Tim A. Fuson, Ahmed Khouja] puts forth a couple tracks exploring the Saharan musical tradition along side renowned musician and imaam, Yassir Chadly [Morocco]. North-African groove band, The Dunes, gets a horn remix courtesy of dub Snakkr [Syria], who also puts forward a few grimey audio treats of his own including a couple featuring the lyrical skills of Iggy Mon [Trinidad].